Certain people appear content with their world and themselves. They know that troubles exist, but they don’t let stress bring them down. Maybe their contentment comes from a spiritual encounter or just from establishing a routine for dealing with stress. Is there a trick to feeling settled and peaceful?
What is Contentment?
Contentment is a mellow sort of happiness, short of excitement but not so relaxed as to become indifferent. Content people don’t want more all the time and are happy with what they have. They typically help others and are attractive to those afflicted with unhappiness or anxiety. Sometimes, contentment is achieved on the surface only, and few people are content 100% of the time, but get to know individuals who seem at peace and learn who among them really know how to be content when the cameras are turned off.
If someone really isn’t content, her mood is going to crack eventually. She will reveal her true self to friends and family. You can fool the public by wearing a false persona, but not those closest to you. Wouldn’t you like to feel good in reality too? Make a habit of being around people as much as you can. Isolation is dangerous to a maudlin mind or someone who gives in to anxiety or depression too easily. Individuals in close relationships enact and receive encouragement, love, and respect. They also share the truth in love, even when this means telling someone her idea isn’t very good and she should go back to the drawing board. You can lean on these people and rest when life seems hard. Spending time with loved ones provides moments or hours of peace in a hectic existence.
Then again, community can be rough on a person if he or she chooses unwisely. Make sure those close friends are a good influence on you and spend time with people whose character you would like to emulate. Pay this forward by being a role model to others.
Even great inventors and leaders have to take time out for themselves. They do this by scheduling a “time-out” into their daily or weekly routine. Take these opportunities to do something relaxing and to reinforce relationships. Do something fun and not related to work. Take up a sport or hobby you like. Take time to pray, meditate, or read. Eat well and fuel your body with healthy food.
A lot of self-help gurus and even religious leaders promote the notion of gratitude. Certainly, you wish to be better than you are and to improve a product or a business model, but take time to reflect on what you have already achieved. Mother Theresa had very little but always had more to give because her gratitude was overflowing. It’s often hardest to be grateful in the “first world” where most people have some kind of disposable income and the majority of individuals have never gone hungry. It might be a good idea to take a trip to some of the world’s poorest places, even volunteer in one. This trip should change everyone’s outlook on the difference between “need” and “want.” When you cease striving to have more and more, it’s possible to relax with what you have.
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